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December 20, 2012



Rufus Crowe Jr., 81, of Lexington, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at the VA Hospital on Cooper Drive in Lexington.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Rufus Crowe Sr. and Iva Irene Branham Crowe. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Bryce Canyon AD-36 from 1951 to 1955. He retired from the Facility Engineering Department of Square D Company and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include three daughters, Vicki Louise (Ronnie) Myatt, Shelbyville, Janice LaVern (Tony) James, Versailles, and Anita Crowe (Jeff) Merriss, Huntington Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Frank (Janice) Crowe, Montgomery Creek, Calif., Leroy Crowe, Mayslick, Charles (Mary) Crowe, Bonaire, Ga., and James Michael (Helen) Crowe, Lexington; two sisters-in-law, Carlene Crowe and Rosie Crowe; and many other family members. Two brothers, George L. Crowe and William E. Crowe, and a sister, Mollie Hockensmith, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 20, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 9067, Louisville, KY 40209.



Doris Hise, 82, of Rockport, Texas, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

A memorial service was held at Circle W RV Ranch in Rockport, Texas on Monday, Dec. 17.

Doris was born on Oct. 11, 1930, in Erick, Oklahoma, to Riley Beauford Smotherman and Gladys Irene White Smotherman. In 1948, she married J. L. Griffith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Kent and Mack Smotherman; a sister, Faye Worde; and a brother-in-law, Marcus Worde. Her husband. J.L. Griffith, passed away on Dec. 29,1981. She was also preceded in death by her son, Steven Griffith Stratford, who passed away on Aug. 5, 2007, and by her grandson, Kevin Griffith Stratford, who passed on Nov. 22, 1989.

On Aug. 28, 1999, Doris Griffith married Dumas resident Arthur Max "Pete" Hise. They had been Rockport residents since Sept. 15, 1999.

Doris is survived by two children, Gary Griffith and his wife, Kay, of Ingleside, Texas, and Sue Ann Musgrove and her husband, Philip, of Childress, Texas, as well as a daughter-in-law, Judy Griffith, of Amarillo, Texas.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Shannon (Clark) Buerk, Shonda Gay (Beto) Castillo, Shane (Joli) Griffith, Griff (Julie) Reed, Josh Reed, Bruce (Angela) Reed, Aaron Griffith; her stepchildren, Tony (Marsha) Hise and Terry (Becky) Hise; her step-grandchildren, Holiday (Jessica) Hise, Nicki Hise, Traci Hise; her great-grandchildren, Karina Buerk, Brandon Buerk, Destiny and Kayla Pantalion, Gage Castillo, Tori Griffith, Piper Reed, Gracie Reed, and Issac Reed; her step-great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Wryder, Bryar Shafer, Madison Brook Hise, Hillary and Hailey Castillo; and a great-great-grandson, Gavin Brantley.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 2003 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass, Texas 78336, 1-800-428-2922.

(Paid obituary)


Emma Mae Stratton Hughes, 91, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Herman Hughes, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at her residence.

The daughter of the late Samuel B. and Rosa Cammick Stratton, she was a member of Goshen Baptist Church and retired from teaching after 30-plus years in the Anderson County School System. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and graduated from Campbellsville and Georgetown colleges.

Survivors include a son, Jody E. Hughes (Cathy), Lawrenceburg; two daughters, Diane Gabhart (Jesse), Lawrenceburg, and Rosemary Clemons (Joe), Harrodsburg; five grandchildren, Amy (Mike) Small, Melissa (Allan) Beasley, and Shawn Gabhart, all of Lawrenceburg, and Ashley Sutherland, Lexington; and four great-grandchildren, Alexandria Jody Small and Caleb Beasley, both of Lawrenceburg, Ethan Beasley, Lexington, and Kealey Gabhart, Versailles. Three brothers, William Stratton, Sam Stratton Jr., and James R. Stratton, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Fred Knicherbocker. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 20.



Charles Spilman Jones Jr., lieutenant colonel (Ret.) USAF, 96, formerly of Versailles, widower of Janet Fulton Jones, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Annapolis, Md., after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 18, 1915, on his grandfatherís farm on Scotts Ferry Road in Woodford County in the former home of Gov. Charles Scott, first governor of Kentucky. He moved with his parents, the late Charles Spilman and Hallie Pawkett Jones, to Lexington when he was 3. In his senior year at Henry Clay High School he started on the basketball team which reached the quarter finals of the state championship. He graduated from the University of Kentucky. While there he lettered as a freshman on the basketball team. Following college he briefly moved to his motherís birth home in West Texas and worked for a finance company and ran a bowling alley. He then entered the military prior to the start of World War II. During his career he tested new airplanes, ferried planes around the world, and flew bombing missions and refueling aircraft. In 1956 he piloted University of Chicago scientists on a 51-day around the equator mission that charted the earthís magnetic equator for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The study proved important to the future space program. After retiring from the Air Force in 1965, he returned with his family to Versailles. There he worked for the Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Services and later was a founding director and officer of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association. He also served on the hospital board. He moved to Annapolis, Md., in 1998 to live close to his grandchildren. He was baptized in and a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church. He was an avid UK Wildcats fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Diana Jones Crompton (William), Annapolis, and Patricia Spilman Jones, Chesterfield, Va.; a granddaughter, Sarah Crompton Hayes (Matthew), Philadelphia, Pa.; and a grandson, William Burrell Crompton IV, Annapolis.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Ginger Cover Retirement Center in Annapolis, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Friends of the Light House, 10 Hudson St., Annapolis, MD 21401, or to Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.


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